Father God sees us as we truly are and calls us to be Morphed by His Spirit.
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Hosea 8:7 - They have planted the wind and will harvest the whirlwind.
Read - Hosea 8-14
We seek help in many places. We have an innate desire to change, be changed or transformed. When we feel weak, we can look for help in the Lord’s strength or we can try and find it allegiance to something else. Israel is accused in today’s text of seeking protection and strength in alliances with other nations (Egypt) rather than in the LORD their God. This was idolatry for one…but also just practically foolish. Seeking alliance in a place that has proven to seek harm for you is not wise. As God says about this poor decision ‘you have planted the wind and will harvest the whirlwind’. In other words, you will get worse than you were by doing this. As followers of Christ, we recognize our help comes from the LORD, maker of heaven and earth!
Lord, I will look to You when I fear anything in this world.
Hosea 11:1 and its multiple meanings:
God’s promise to the follower of Christ is that once we are Mended by Christ we are given the Holy Spirit of God and can be continually Morphed by His Spirit. This Old Testament books shows a people who are children of God but who are not being transformed by His Spirit. He calls them to it but they never surrendered to Him. That is the key. This people needed a Mindset Morphed by God so they could see Him and His plan yet they struggled on in their own way. This people had motives that were impure and un-faithful rather than having a heart changed so that their motivations were Morphed into God’s very own motivations. They were to be a people called to minister to the nations but would instead by conquered by Assyria. This book of Hosea is a last chance word of what was coming. A result of their own lack of surrender to God. The message to us: God is faithful and patient and willing to change us and our circumstance when we are willing to be transformed but if we remain headstrong in our own ways there comes a time when the consequences of that sin will catch up to us.